All-night drinking and partying is the thing in Ortigas Metrowalk, a small but a major dining, shopping, and entertainment hub in Pasig. It is nestled on a 5000-sq.-meter area at the corner of Meralco and Ortigas Avenues. Its strategic location near the call centers and offices of Ortigas Center makes it a favorite dining and clubbing hangout for both international businessmen and the local working class.

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Mall rats from the nearby SM Megamall, St. Francis Square, Podium and Robinson’s Galleria also come here to unwind after a day’s search through the bargain racks.

What’s here

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Like Greenbelt and Bonifacio Global City, Ortigas Metrowalk offers diverse options in dining and chilling out. The area’s front liners are international fine-dining establishments such as Aruba Bar and Restaurant, Capise!, Misato, The Good Earth, Behrouz Persian Cuisine, Brazil Brazil, Marina, and Oyster Boy.

For cocktails and live or piped-in music, Metrowalk’s bets are Decades, Opus, Icebergs, Metro Phi, Mugen, and Elbow Room. In addition, Love 2 Laugh Bar offers stand-up comedies, while Music Platinum has compartments for karaoke. Add to these the coffee shop Starbucks and the take-out counter, Carlo’s Pizza.

If you are not there for the party, maybe you would like to just look around. Metrowalk has shops selling costumes and belly dancing paraphernalia. Pleasure Place, a kink shop, is like a small museum of kooky sex toys, candies and naughty costumes.

A history of notoriety

While it is famous for its bars, discos, restaurants, and specialty shops, Metrowalk is also notorious for being an alleged location of an illegal casino and for its shops selling counterfeit CDs. Hence, police raids are common here, but mostly during daytime, when most shops are still closed.

How to get there

Ortigas Metrowalk is at the corner of Meralco and Ortigas Avenues in Pasig City. The most convenient way of going there is through a taxi or a private vehicle. You may save a little bit if you would ride the MRT, get off in Shaw Boulevard or Ortigas station, and take a taxi from there going to Metrowalk. Jeepneys bound for Antipolo and Tanay also pass by the area. The terminal is in Crossing, across the street from Shangri-la Plaza. Ask the driver to drop you off in Metrowalk before he takes the Ortigas flyover.

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